A productivity expert shares 5 must-read books for anyone who wants to get ahead at work

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Adrian Shepherd is a British productivity consultant who’s lived and worked in Japan for the past 24 years.
Through his work, he’s kept his own library full of books on what it takes to be successful. It started out as a collection of business and productivity books, but soon it had a wide range of genres.
While many of his favorites are best-sellers, there are a few excellent books on success that have slipped through the cracks but are worth reading, including “Blue Mind” by Wallace J. Nichols and “The Third Door” by Alex Banayan.
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I used to think a library was a place you visited on the weekend to read books or a quiet place to study at school. Jim Rohn, the American business philosopher, taught me otherwise. He used to say, “Every house over $250,000 has a library in it. Why do you think that is?”

That was the day I started my own library.

First, it was a box in my closet. Today, my success library has swelled to over 700 physical books and another 800 online. I didn’t limit my studies to just business and productivity, but added books on marketing, copywriting, psychology, linguistic programming, history, and nutrition.

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I’ve got nearly every well-known book, including “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” “The Four-Hour Work Week,” and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” They each sold millions of copies and helped spawn a series that made their authors well-known keynote speakers in every corner of the globe. While these books were game-changers, I’m always on the lookout for those books that slip through the cracks.

Here are five books that didn’t really get the attention they deserved.

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“Thick Face, Black Heart” by Chin Ning Chu

Chin Ning Chu isn’t an author I’d ever come across in any of my books. If it weren’t for listening to a Dan Kennedy seminar, I might never have known about this little gem.

It’s an incredibly insightful look into how ancient Eastern philosophy and mindset can help us navigate the treacherous waters of business and life. Considering the recent meteoric rise of China and other Asian countries, I can think of no better book to read to help prepare us for the years ahead than this book. It’s become a centerpiece of my studies and a must-read for any company or business person looking to expand into Asia or do business with Asia firms.

“Blue Mind” by Wallace J. Nichols

I started out focusing on strategies and tactics to help people achieve more. However, the more I study productivity, the more I realized that on a personal level, energy is the key element.

Our body dictates how well we can perform throughout the day, which is why I found “Blue Mind” such an interesting read. Seems I …read more

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